Household hazardous waste (HHW) represents the single largest expense for many solid waste programs. In the first of four rural recycling focused webinars, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will introduce HHW program managers, contractors, and local government officials to manufacturer-funded take-back programs that help maximize environmental performance while minimizing costs on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM CST. The main focus will be on mercury containing thermostats, auto switches, and rechargeable batteries. There will also be some discussion on manufacturer-funded take-back programs for scrap tires which are often difficult and costly to handle even though not typical considered HHW. For more information or to register, please visit the PSI's website.
The Product Stewardship Institute has recently announced that they will be offering a four-part series of free webinars on rural recycling. These webinars, made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address the following topics:
- Connecting Rural HHW Program Managers to Manufacturer-Funded Take-Back Programs (February 12, 2015)
- Product Take-Back Programs in Rural Areas and the Role of Retails (To be Determined)
- Paint Stewardship in Rural Areas (To be Determined)
- Carpet and Matress Collection Best Practices in Rural Areas (To be Determined)
These free webinars will provide useful information for states with or without EPR legislation and will be jam-packed with useful tips, helpful hints, and news you can use right in your own community. We will be posting more information on these events as we receive additional information.
The Foam Recycling Coalition, part of the Foodservice Packaging Institue, is seeking grant applications from public and private entities in the U.S. and/or Canada that manage residential, commercial or drop-off recycling centers and/or operate a material recovery facility willing to add or expand polystyrene foam recycling services. Grant amounts are anticipated to be $15,000-50,000 each with no cash match required. More details on the grant and its requirements may be found at https://www.fpi.org/foamrecyclinggrant.
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is hosting a free introductory webinar on January 28, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 PM CST. The SEC is a free program open to local, regional, tribal, and state governments, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. The Challenge provides access to free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition while documenting the success of participating organizations. Program participants receive annual sustainability reports that detail their reductions in energy use, greenhouse gases, and waste. Click here to sign up for this free webinar.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship to help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This year's EE Grants Program includes two requests for proposals (RFPs). Proposals under the EE Model Grants RFP are being accepted through February 2, 2015 while proposals under the EE Local Grants RPF are being accepted through March 6, 2015. There will be a webinar on the EE Model Grants at 12:00 PM CST on January 14, 2015. More information on the RFPs and webinar may be found on EPA's website at https://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.